Friday, April 16, 2010

Two Museums Host "Colonial Fair"

The Ft. Pitt Museum officially reopens Saturday with a weekend-long fair, complete with historical re-enactors, such as George and Martha Washington, arts and crafts workshops for children and adults, plus American Indian storytellers and dance groups. Visitors can see related exhibits at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Free trolley shuttles will go back and forth between the two museums every 15 minutes.

When the History Center took over operation of the Ft. Pitt Museum, which had been closed due to state budget shortfalls, they hired Alan Gutchess, a French and Indian War expert, as the new director. He has personally created many of the new exhibits. He says he visited the museum both as a child growing up in Northwest Ohio and also as an adult. Sharing his love of the history and time period he describes as a "tremendous opportunity".

The Colonial Fair takes place Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 12 to 4

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